OSWEGO, NY â€“ The residents of the Oswego City School District and town of Scriba will have the opportunity to comment on the tentative tax agreement between local school â€“ government officials and the Nine Mile Point I nuclear facility.
Late Tuesday night, the school board voted to hold a couple public hearings on the situation. At a brief meeting Wednesday evening, Scriba scheduled its public hearing.
The school districtâ€™s hearing will be May 18, the townâ€™s May 19.
The county will also schedule a public hearing.
The agreement, for one year only, nearly triples the amount paid by the facility. Details made public Tuesday afternoon by Oswego County and the town of Scriba show that the nuclear plant will pay $11 million in taxes this year, up from $4 million.
â€œCertainly, to jump from $4 million to $11 million is a significant jump,â€ Kevin C. Caraccioli, the townâ€™s attorney, said Wednesday. â€œWeâ€™re just looking for them to pay their fair share and this is a good start in that direction.â€
Tuesday night, after a lengthy executive session, the Oswego school board returned to public session and voted on the following resolution to conduct a pair of public hearings on May 18.
WHEREAS, Sections 485 and 490 of the Real Property Tax Law of the State of New York, allows the School District to exempt nuclear powered electric generating facilities located within the district from taxation, special ad valorem levies and special assessments and to enter into Tax Agreements with the owners of said facilities; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education wishes to consider adoption of a resolution which would grant, as permitted by Real Property Tax Law Section 485 and Section 490, an exemption to a nuclear powered electric generating facility located within the district from taxation, special ad valorem levies, and special assessments, specifically Nine Mile Point Unit No. 1 Nuclear Generating Station (tax parcels 079.00-02-03 and 079.00-02-03.01) (hereinafter Nine Mile Point Unit No. 1); and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education also wishes to review a proposed Tax Agreement for the 2010-2011 fiscal year only.
NOW, THEREFORE, upon presentation and recommendation of William W. Crist, Superintendent of Schools, motion made by Francis Hoefer and seconded by Thomas DeCastro
1)Â That the Board of Education shall hold a public hearing on the issue of exempting the nuclear powered electric generating facility Nine Mile Point Unit No. 1 located within the District from taxation, special ad valorem levies and special assessments, as authorized and provided for by Real Property Tax Law, Section 485 and Section 490; said public hearing to be held the 18th day of May, 2010 at 6 p.m., at the Education Center, 120 E. First St., Oswego, New York.
2)Â That a public hearing shall also be held to consider a Tax Agreement with the owner of the nuclear powered electric generating facility located in the Town of Scriba, and commonly known as Nine Mile Point Unit 1, said public hearing to also be held on the 18th day of May, 2010 at the Education Center at 6:15 p.m.
3)Â That the Clerk is hereby directed to publish notice of said public hearing and to post said notice as required by law.
(John Dunsmoor voted â€œNoâ€; Dave White was not present)